Try them all, but don't forget to tailor your ensemble to the aesthetic. From the Upper East Side's swankiest new date spot to the freshest experimental restaurant and bar in Brooklyn, these buzzy bistros are sure to attract the fashion set, and in these getups, that's going to mean you. Better get used to the staring.
Willow Road is Chelsea's newest hotspot — The gastropub combines the laid-back feel of a sports bar (mirrors turn into televisions right before your eyes) with the modern accents of a downtown hideout. The menu caters to all kinds of occasions, whether you're on a hot date (get the Mussels a la Plancha and the Charred Bean Salad!), or meeting friends for a Sunday Funday (we love the fried chicken and the mac n' cheese, too!). To match the high-end feel of the Chelsea 'hood, you'll want to dress to impress. But, feel free to balance out a statement blazer with a more casual jeans-and-booties ensemble to show off your chilllll vibe.
Clockwise, from top left: Hudson Krista Super Skinny Jeans, $183, available at Hudson; Clover Canyon Sequin Blazer, $313, available at Oxygen Boutique; Anthropologie Crystal Sorrel Necklace, $48, available at Anthropologie; H&M T-Shirt, $9.95, available at H&M; Vince Camuto Hame Booties, $159, available at Vince Camuto.
Willow Road, 85 Tenth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets); 646-484-6566.
Photo: Courtesy of Willow Road
With old school Italian glamour tucked away on Madison Ave, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto feels like its been an UES staple for centuries even though it only opened in late 2012. An unassuming market/takeout station hides an elegant and intimate seating area in the back where apetites are greeted with black truffle pastas, crisp chicken breasts, and a banana and chocolate dessert that dreams are made of. The very formal ambiance requires some matching formal attire (it is Madison Avenue, afterall). We say pull out all the stops and make a statement in glam-to-the-max cocktail attire. Trust us, the food will live up to your outfit.
Vintage Giorgio Armani Jacket, $395, available at Farfetch.com; Mason by Michelle Mason Dress, $495, available at Net-A-Porter; Forever21 Emerald Cut Earrings, $6.71, available at Forever21; Exude Red Creme Lipstick, $29, available at Exude; Manolo Blahnik Heels, $775, available at Barneys.
Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, 903 Madison Avenue (at 72nd Street); 212-517-7700..
Photo: Courtesy of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto
Prospect restaurant may be small in size but that doesn't mean you won't get lost in its extensive and innovative menu. Get an instant appetite with the open kitchen stool seating, meaning you can watch the chefs as they whip up foams and spreads in unusual but appetizing combinations. The vibe? Fine dining meets rustic home cooking meets Fort Greene — served up with a twist. For this, we suggest you stay comfortable but fashion-conscious. A tailored skirt could get funked up with a chunky turtleneck, cross body bag, and some staple booties. Trust us, you'll look like the regular you'll want to become.
Topshop skirt, $68, available at Topshop; Uniqlo Turtleneck Sweater, $49.90, available at Uniqlo; Gap Ribbed Tights, $10.50, available at Gap; rag & bone Kinsey Boot $595, available at rag & bone; Oscar and Anna Cross Body Bag $165, available at Oscar And Anna.
Prospect, 773 Fulton Avenue (at South Oxford Street), Brooklyn; 718-596-6826.
Photo: Courtesy of Prospect